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municipal project, which all the papers talked about, was directed
by the electrical engineer Julius Sprague and the then nascent
General Electric Company. But it was little horsecars and the
vast traffic of horse-drawn vehicles thronging Boston's tortuous
streets through which I dodged on my first cautious ventures
around the city.
Aunt Lavinia gave me stern instructions to keep away from
the water front, and particularly from Dock Square, the lower
end of Hanover Street, these being places of sinful resort. It
was good advice, but hardly necessary, since a more artless boy
than I could scarcely be imagined. I had been brought up im-
plicitly to believe that all women, like my mother, aunts, and
female cousins, were good, and deserving of deep respect. I
must confess that although in my long medical career I have had
the most varied experience of human nature, I have yet to alter
this ingrained belief. After all, values are working principles.
And the principle that womankind is the source of much of this
world's goodness still strikes me as being as true as any value
judgment can be. From this prejudice no cynicism can shake me.
However, Aunt Lavinia told me it would be all right for me
to go down Congress, Federal, Cornhill, and such streets, as
well as up School Street onto Beacon and beyond to the Hill
where the great Boston families lived in lovely brick houses with
carriage houses and mews. At this period these truly proper
Bostonians, of not much different descent from my own, still
held an iron grip on the social and economic life of the city. The
Lomasneys and the Curleys had yet to wrench political control
from their hands, and hasten their ignominious flight to the
But the Cabots, Hemenways, Lowells, Higginsons, Russells,
and all the rest of the sifted few did not even impinge upon my
consciousness. I saw them passing in their carriages and watched
their curiously old-fashioned womenfolk, but that was all. It was
the glassy store fronts that fascinated me so much that I actually
tried to walk into one display and bumped my face. Then there
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Atkinson, Donald Taylor. Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography, book, 1958; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143566/m1/41/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.